Shaun Deeb & Barny Boatman Among the Players Looking For WSOP-E Main Event Glory
The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOP-E) is winding down this week, with the conclusion of the Main Event tournament among the big highlights. The final table of the Main Event is playing down on Wed, Nov 16, and it’s a big one.
There is €1,380,129 up top for the win at King’s Casino, Rozvodov, and there are some big names vying for the big prizes. Leading the way is perennial Player of the Year runner Shaun Deeb who sits down at the final table second in chips. Deeb already has five bracelets in his jewelry collection, but he’d surely love to add a Main Event bracelet to the group.
Among the players who will be gunning for him is OG GOAT Barny Boatman. Boatman, who is one of Twitter’s best poker follows with tweets ranging from philosophical to profane to hilarious (often all in one tweet), has been a leading figure in the poker world for decades and he already has a bracelet for each wrist. He comes to the final table with the 5th biggest stack, but he’s always dangerous on the felt.
Two other bracelet winners are vying for the biggest European honor. Alexandre Reard and Jonathan Pastore both have a single bracelet and are looking for their second. The rest of the final table will be looking for their first bit of wrist jewelry at Wednesday’s final table.
Main Event Champion to Be Crowned
While a lot of attention is focused on the Main Event winner from the Las Vegas series every summer, there are actually two WSOP Main Event champions crowned every year. The second Main Event bracelet is awarded every year in Europe, and this year it will be handed out at King’s Casino in Rozvodov, Czech Republic. This year’s Main Event drew 763 entries for a prize pool of €7,248,500.
At the time of writing, there are eight players left with a chance of bagging the WSOP-E Main Event title, and half of them already have Gold Bracelets in their collection. Leading the way into the final table is Sweden’s Omar Eljach with almost 20 million chips. That’s almost 100 big blinds in the opening level of the final table, and he has already booked a 2nd place cash in this series, so Eljach has every chance of winning his first bracelet.
The most decorated player coming to the final table is Shaun Deeb, who sits down with the second biggest stack. Deeb has five bracelets to his name already and more than $7.5 million in WSOP winnings (more than $10 million in total live earnings). He has already been at two final tables in this WSOP-E and put six cashes onto his resume so far in Rozvodov. He brings the second biggest stack to the final table.
Barny Boatman is the second most decorated player to make the final eight. He’s coming to the table with the 5th place stack of 7.7 million and Boatman is a legit “original gangster” in the poker world. Along with his brother Ross, Ram Vaswani, and Joe Beevers, the original Hendon Mob was all over the poker scene during the rise of poker in the early 2000s.
French players Alexandre Reard and Jonathan Pastore each have a single bracelet to their name and are looking to hit a pair on this final table.
WSOP-E Main Event Final Table Chips
- Omar Eljach - 19,480,000
- Shaun Deeb - 16,580,000
- Jonathan Pastore - 9,925,000
- Paul Covaciu - 9,125,000
- Barny Boatman - 7,730,000
- Vladas Tamasauskas - 5,950,000
- Alexandre Reard - 5,300,000
- Armin Rezaei - 2,205,000
Other Big Stories From WSOP-E
Anson Tsang Wins 3rd Bracelet
Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang picked up his third Gold Bracelet in this year’s European poker adventure. He won Event #4: €2,000 Pot Limit Omaha for just shy of €100k. He has 78 cashes on the WSOP circuit including 13 on at the European event and five this year alone. His 13 cashes in Europe are worth more than a third of the total wins from his 63 cashes at the Vegas version.
Paul Phua Wins 1st Bracelet in 4th Cash
Paul Phua only has four cashes in WSOP events, but one of them is now a Gold Bracelet worth almost half a million euros. Phua has $26 million in lifetime earnings and is a regular on the super high roller circuit, and his bracelet reflects that deep bankroll. He won the €25k Platinum High Roller at the European festival this year, pocketing €482,433 and his first bit of WSOP jewelry.
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